Create Customized Quilt Labels

It might not be your favorite thing in the world, but a label for your quilt is a necessary thing to do. Don't be afraid to make quilt labels. Make one that just feels right for your quilt.

It doesn't have to be a fancy quilting label. A plain, handwritten one is all that is needed to mark your quilt for prosperity.

There are lots of ways to make labels for quilts. A simple way is a plain piece of muslin or other 100% cotton fabric that has been washed and ironed and written on with a permanent marker. Simple and to the point, it gets the job done. Make sure the fabric for your label is large enough to hold all the information you need to put on it. Practice on a piece of paper first. Then whip-stitch this label in place to the back of your quilt.

You can get creative with your label if you feel like it. Take a design, or part of a design, from the front of the quilt and make the design into a label. If the fabric is too dark to write on, then substitute a section of the design with a lighter-colored material and write the label information on that portion.

If and only if you are feeling fancy, you can try a computer-printed label. If your printer has trouble jamming with regular paper, you might want to think twice before running fabric through it. There is fabric made especially for this and there are preprinted quilt labels with decorative designs that just need your information added.

Whatever method or methods you prefer, it is important to record the history of your quilt. Important information to include is the maker of the quilt, the date it was made and if it was made to mark a special occasion. Go forth and label. After the first few, I bet you will be looking for creative ways to make labels.

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